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December 11, 2007
Sales in the U.S. and Canada, Dec. 7-9: Movie (studio): 1. The Golden Compass (New Line) 3-day gross (millions): $25.8 Total (millions): $25.8 Venues: 3,528 Average per venue: $7,308 Weeks: 1 -- Movie (studio): 2. Enchanted (Disney) 3-day gross (millions): $10.7 Total (millions): $83.9 Venues: 3,520 Average per venue: $3,042 Weeks: 3 -- Movie (studio): 3. This Christmas (Sony) 3-day gross (millions): $5.0 Total (millions): $42.
June 2, 2005 | Brenda Rees
Buzz Aldrin has faced many challenges in his life -- as an Air Force pilot manning 66 combat missions during the Korean War, a student of astronautics at MIT and one of the first astronauts to walk on the moon. Now, Aldrin will brave another test of his nerves of steel: a roomful of wide-eyed kids. Aldrin will be on hand Sunday as part of a family matinee day sponsored by Every Picture Tells a Story bookstore and the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica.
October 18, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman
Dutch actress Sylvia Kristel, who starred as a sexually liberated housewife in the 1970s erotic movie "Emmanuelle," has died of cancer at age 60 . "Emmanuelle," the story of a sexually adventurous young model and her husband on a trip to Thailand, became as big a worldwide sensation in the 1970s as E.L. James' "Fifty Shades of Grey" has in recent months. The softcore French film was that country's highest-grossing release of 1974 and became so popular with female French moviegoers that Columbia Pictures decided to distribute the movie in the U.S. "Emmanuelle" ultimately grossed $100 million worldwide, according to the Internet Movie Database -- an exceptional sum for any film of its day and very rare for one with an X rating.  The French picture spawned seven film sequels -- four of them starring Kristel -- and TV movie spinoffs.
October 22, 2003 | Elizabeth Jensen, Times Staff Writer
Doubleday and CBS are trading sharp words over CBS' surprise Saturday broadcast of a special on the making of its upcoming movie about the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping, which upset the publisher's carefully crafted media plan to launch a book on the topic. Both CBS and Doubleday have rights to a portion of the Smart story, CBS for its Nov. 9 movie "The Elizabeth Smart Story" and Doubleday for a book on the ordeal, to be published Tuesday, from the Utah teen's parents, Ed and Lois Smart.
October 9, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman
The registrar's office at the University of Southern California is about to get very busy. James Franco, the actor-Oscar-host-soap-star-artist-poet-novelist, is set to teach a film production class at USC next spring, according to an email sent to USC film students from the School of Cinematic Arts.  The class, which will be co-taught by Franco's business partner Vince Jolivette, will require students to direct a short film of no more than 10...
June 2, 2005 | Valli Herman, Times Staff Writer
Here's the choice: You can rush across town to the megaplex, wait in separate lines for $5 parking, $14 tickets and $6 popcorn, only for the pleasure of a loudmouth talking over all the best dialogue. Or, you can slide the latest DVD from Netflix into your 12-speaker, high-definition home theater system, order a pizza and become one with your La-Z-Boy and fantasies of being as funny as Vince Vaughn. Face it.
March 9, 1988
As a strike by Hollywood writers entered its second day, negotiators for the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers met Tuesday under the auspices of a federal mediator. Spokesmen for the two sides did not disclose whether progress was made during the daylong session at the mediator's office in Los Angeles. The talks were to resume Thursday in alliance headquarters in Sherman Oaks.
February 7, 1987
The third annual Latin American film series, Ventana Latina (Latin Window), will feature a film every other Monday in February, March and April. The free series will be held at 7:30 p.m. at San Diego State University's Hepner Hall. Among the six films to be screened is the Academy Award-winning movie "The Official Story" (March 9). This movie portrays the aftermath of the war perpetrated by the Argentine military dictatorship. It is the most recently released film in the series.
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